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Sometimes you watch a film that surprises, unsettles and entertains all at the same time. York can be pleased that such a film has been produced in its midst with even Trevor Rooney taking a role.
Folie a Deux is a captivating and thought-provoking documentary of family life at Grays Court and the impact of the global financial crisis on that family’s aspirations.
Searingly honest, it covers bitter neighbour disputes with the National Trust and tenants.
It questions the motivations of why a couple who are very comfortably off should gamble it all for a dream of renovating a historic building back to its prime, even if that dream might result in bankruptcy and homelessness, which it nearly did.
It exposes the tensions in family life when the banks stopped lending and asks whether it is fair to expose the children to that risk.
And finally, and perhaps most poignantly, it reveals the impact of death which the director aligns to the final scene of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman. And all with a cracking soundtrack.
The story still seems as if it has a little to run with a public planning inquiry scheduled next month.
If you didn’t see it, get down to City Screen and book a seat for the showing in November. You won’t regret it.
Richard Bridge, Holgate Road, York
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